DOP Ottawa Celebrates 33rd Annual Palm Sunday Lunch to Support Scholarship Fund

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Following the Divine Liturgy on April 28, the Ottawa Daughters of Penelope (DOP) Euphrosyne Chapter #292 hosted its 33rd Annual Palm Sunday Lunch (PSL) and Scholarship Awards for the Hellenic Community of Ottawa (HCO) at the Hellenic Event Center. The chapter’s popular signature annual fundraiser for the HCO and guests benefitting the scholarship fund was a highly successful sold-out event.

The PSL hosted 315 guests including honored guests Rev. Fr. Alex Michalopulos, Fr. Avacum Bucalae, Ambassador of Greece to Canada Ekaterina Dimakis, Acting High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus Antonios Lemesianos, HCO President Dimosthenis Sartzetakis. In addition, the AHEPA Family guests included DOP District 23 Governor Roula Maginas-Koumoutsidis, District 23 Treasurer Eleni Agas, District 23 Lieutenant Governor Georgia Tridimas, District 23 Secretary Fotini Caragiannis, District MOA Advisor Cathy Pantieras, MOA Grand Treasurer Falia Pantieras, AHEPA District 23 Lieutenant Governor Niko Hatzitheodosiou, Canadian Order of AHEPA (COA) National Treasurer and District 23 Treasurer Nick Pantieras and District 23 Governor James Hutchison.

The Ottawa AHEPA Family. Photo: Jenny Papadopoulos

Three $1,000 scholarships were each awarded to accomplished current university students Luigi Zagaria, Antonia Angelopoulou, and Eleni Aimoniotis. The scholarship chairpersons Cathy Pantieras and Dean Karakasis thank all the outstanding student applicants. To date, they have awarded over $40,000 in scholarships to our youth.

Guests enjoyed the PSL menu which featured fish plaki and pasta meals prepared by John Karadakis, Gisele Reklitis’ famous halva dessert and bar service at tables and chairs decorated with spring colors. Also featured were 21 fantastic raffle prizes, including Katerina Mertikas’ two paintings and Chrysoula Mouroukas’ painting, Easter baked goods and lambades for sale by the Greek Ladies Philoptochos Society of Ottawa and the popular Celebrating Pascha pamphlet.

Soti Grafanaki and her Rogers TV team recorded the event for the Hellenic Kaleidoscope program to showcase the PSL and DOP. The program will be uploaded and will also air live on Sunday, May 26, 10 AM, Monday, May 27, 5 PM, and Saturday, June 1, 9 AM, on Rogers channel 22 and live online at rogerstv.com.

The Ottawa Daughters of Penelope. Photo: Jenny Papadopoulos

Chairperson of the PSL was Cathy Makris, the MCs were Irene Aimoniotis and Pauline Pavlounis and the PSL committee members were Jenny Papadopoulos, Irene Aimoniotis, Sophia Mitsopoulos, Georgina Vranas, Kathy Karakasis, Victoria Asikis, Rianne DeCastro, Olga Loly and Maggy Mitilineos.

The chapter was happy to celebrate this special day with the HCO families and said, via e-mail: “Χριστός Ανέστη! We greatly appreciate all the guests, sponsors, donors, chairperson, MCs, committee members and volunteers for their generous support for our signature annual event for the HCO and scholarship program for our youth. Looking forward to seeing everyone again next year.”

The palm crosses on Palm Sunday at Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Ottawa. Photo: Hellenic Community of Ottawa


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